It's looking promising that I may get permission to control the Muntjac (and possibly Roe) on about 1000 acres of mainly arable land, which has a few pockets of small spinneys and some lakes with plenty of cover around the outside.
The farm manager culled a few (I don't know numbers yet) about 2 years ago and as this has been my main bunny/fox shooting land for the last 18 months, I've started to see a lot more deer on the ground. As far as I'm aware none have been shot since!
I was recently told that on average you only see around 10% of the actual population of Muntjac on the land. Is this figure just for woodland or in general, as we regularly see 6-8 on the land now when we go out, which would equate to a fair number. Would this be about average for 1000 acres?
Also as this perm is dead opposite my workplace, I regularly see a pair of Munties in the same spot around some ponds, grazing on the boundary between the hedgeline and crops. I noticed the doe today looked fairly big so may be carrying and the buck looked to have a nice head on him. Generally speaking once the young are independant, would they hang around in the same area for long, or would they venture off to populate an area of their own. Or would it depend on whether the youngsters were male or female?
I know this next one may be land specific, but based on the limited info I have, what would be likely to be the number needed to be shot over a 12 month period to maintain a healthy population? It would be mainly recreational stalking but as I shoot here every week I could work out a management plan (with you guys help!) and maintain it very easily,